Soldiers from the NATO air base in Turkey, Incirlik, which is used by the United States for air strikes on banned terrorist group “Islamic state” in Syria, were involved in the coup attempt, said the foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, reports Reuters.
The Minister also noted that Turkey will resume raids in the coalition led by the United States as soon as they hand over all operations to suppress the rebellion.
Earlier in the Pentagon said that the US air force suspended operations on the base in Incirlik. As noted by the representative of Department Peter cook, the States are working with the Turkish authorities to restore air operations as soon as possible”. He also confirmed reports the breakdown of bases and said that the facilities operate on a stand-alone power sources, and disabling of the Central electricity did not affect their work.
Attempt a military coup in Turkey occurred on the night of 16 July. In Ankara, the helicopters of the Turkish army attacked government buildings. A military group calling itself the “Council for peace in the country”, declared the seizure of power in the country in their hands. However, by morning, the official authorities said that the situation is under their control.
The mastermind of the rebellion, the Turkish authorities consider the former Imam and preacher, now living in the US, Fethullah Gulen, who, however, denied any involvement in the incident. Despite this, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on President Barack Obama to deport or extradite Gulen Ankara.
As noted by The Wall Street Journal, the cause of the rebellion in Turkey is a long-standing dissatisfaction with the military chiefs policy of Islamization of the country, which is the President Erdogan.